Michigan's unemployment benefits extension is about to end

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The agency notified claimants in early March that the program, called Extended Benefits, was ending, but didn't provide a timeline as to when benefits would expire.

But there is some good news for the 16,000 claimants who are receiving these benefits. They are likely eligible for benefits under two federal programs that were implemented late last month, Liza Estlund Olson, acting director of Michigan's UIA, said in a news release.

Those two programs are Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which extends benefits for those on regular state benefits, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which offers benefits to those who normally wouldn't qualify for benefits, such as freelancers and contract workers. Benefits through those two programs are available in Michigan until Sept. 4.

Claimants were notified by email, U.S. mail or in their MiWAM accounts that they may be eligible for the federal benefits and how to apply, said Lynda Robinson, a spokesperson for the agency.

The agency told claimants in October that they were eligible for an additional 20 weeks of benefits. The program is available when a state's jobless rate averages more than 6.5% for three consecutive months.

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Source: Detroit Free Press

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